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PlantFiles: Bloodtwig Dogwood
Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'

Family: Cornaceae
Genus: Cornus (KOR-nus) (Info)
Species: sanguinea (san-GWIN-ee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Midwinter Fire
Additional cultivar information: (aka Winter Flame)

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
By grafting
By simple layering
By tip layering
By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative braun06 On Jul 18, 2014, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This plant, as well with all sanquineas, do not perform well in the central Midwest. Canker and dieback is a constant concern. The leaves on any cultivar never stay green for me and discolor to the fall hue of peach yellow for most of the growing season even with supplemental water. I grew them and then removed them. These proved to be a lot of work for me.

Positive rkwright85 On Aug 12, 2010, rkwright85 from Horton, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I don't really care for this shrub for most of the year but it really gives some much needed color in the winter. I put it in an area where I can appreciate it during the winter but don't notice it the rest of the year.

Neutral Artdeco On Jul 29, 2007, Artdeco from Palatine, IL wrote:

This plants only value is it's winter stem color, which is very nice & unusual. But while in leaf it looks sloppy, scraggly and ailing, from early spring to fall. I've had them 4 years, tried moving to different areas, tried various remedies, all with no improvement, so I'm not sure they're worth keeping... I've got many other dogwoods, and none are this difficult.

Positive philomel On Oct 11, 2002, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

This has similar characteristics of hardiness etc. to the other albas. It is perhaps not as large growing and vigorous as some.
The shoots are very colourful shading from dark red near the ground to palest orange yellow at the tips
The leaves colour well in autumn.
Black berries


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Boise, Idaho
Palatine, Illinois
Wallingford, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Buckley, Washington

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